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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: JOHN DOUGLAS AMORKO <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 05:43:16 -0700
Subject: REQUEST FOR INVESTMENT COLLABORATION
There are investment/Business opportunities that require a High Net
Worth Individual with wealth of experience. The Investment Capital is
â¬2.0 Billion. This transaction is scheduled to take place in the
Republic of Ghana for its closing. Your benefits and compensation will
be unveiled in my next email if you find this offer interesting.
Be informed that a Round Trip Business Class Ticket with fully paid
Hotel Accommodation for 3 nights in a 5-Star Hotel will be arranged for
your trip to Ghana where this transaction as described herein will be
executed since your presence is required for KYC. The â¬2.0 Billion is
currently with a Financial Institution in Ghana and you are required to
visit the Financial Institution for your physical verification and
confirmation of availability of the aforesaid fund and completion of all
formalities that will facilitate and expedite the transfer of the
aforementioned fund to your designated bank account in your Country.
Finally, this transaction will be executed within the ambit of the
Financial Laws of both countries. If you have the capacity to work with
us on this potential opportunity, feel free to contact me with a full
introduction of yourself and Company.
John Douglas Amorko